Surfing With The Alien

Release date
3 Aug 1999
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Surfing with the Alien 4:15 129,306
2 Ice 9 3:59 56,029
3 Crushing Day 5:15 61,718
4 Always with Me, Always with You 3:21 105,833
5 Satch Boogie 3:12 111,845
6 Hill of the Skull 1:48 42,430
7 Circles 3:29 57,371
8 Lords of Karma 4:48 46,166
9 Midnight 1:42 63,689
10 Echo 5:42 47,489

About this album

Surfing with the Alien is the second album by instrumental rock solo artist Joe Satriani, released in 1987. Surfing with the Alien contributed greatly to establishing Satriani’s reputation as a respected rock guitarist. In terms of critics and listener polls, Surfing with the Alien is Joe Satriani’s most successful and most critically acclaimed album.

The album contains fast and complex songs such as “Surfing with the Alien” and “Satch Boogie” in addition to the stranger-sounding “Crushing Day” and “Lords of Karma”, in contrast to slower, melodic songs like “Always with Me, Always with You” and “Echo” which provide a change of pace. Also notable is “Midnight”, which utilizes the technique of two-hand tapping at great speed, resulting in a Latin-American effect. There are also Nashville tuned guitars (on “Echo”) and key changes (on “Always with Me, Always with You” and “Echo”) to vary the album. It is his most critically acclaimed album so far, and contains both his signature songs, “Satch Boogie” and “Surfing with the Alien”. Oddly, it was not included in the Joe Satriani Original Album Classics box set.

The album cover depicts the Marvel Comics character the Silver Surfer on the front and the hand of Galactus on the back. The image is from Silver Surfer #1 (1982). The artist, John Byrne, has noted that the image was used without Marvel’s permission and that he has never received payment for its use.

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  • HeavyPunkXD

    Un feeling tan dulce junto a una gran tecnica, genial!

    2 Mar 6:51pm Reply
  • Veliki_Todor

    This album has power cosmic!

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dxvolt

    thats not an alien, its Silver surfer

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • satchalicious

    Let's go surfing with the alien!

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PabloTonin

    Nunca recuerdo los nombres de ningún tema de nadie, ni los nombres de los albunes, pero si recuerdo los sentientos que me afloran cuando escucho algo que me hace vibrar, y ese es Joe Satriani, ojala algún día dios me permita poder conocerlo. No cambien nunca!!!

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    lots to luv on this album. :D

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • juamorant

    Oh God I remember LOVING this as a kid!

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Juulieta

    excelente ..

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • l_andie


    8 Feb 2011 Reply

    love love love

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • BlisteringDDj

    Masterpiece. Still not my favorite, but it's at 3rd. ^^

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • WarriorSoul_

    This is the LAW \o/

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Zohasreturned

    A classic from which legends are made

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ericshep

    many late night memories to this album. drove friends and family nuts playing it .cranks a hellavah drug. satch is also very addictive,

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • fondula

    This album is the perfect blend of songwriting and shred.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Metal_God92

    Silver Surfer???

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dlpinbc

    Everyone already knows I love Joe but I am now telling someone else how to work htis site.... Maybe that is

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • demetrioruivo

    Does anyone know an album called "Best guitar players of the world"? It had a track from this absolutely amazing guitar player whose name I can't recall, and I am dying to find it again and listen to it, because I haven't done so in years. It had a country/boogie stile to it or something. I would usually google it, but it seems impossible to find this album (maybe I got the name totally wrong!) Thx for your help on this, Cheers!

    6 Aug 2009 Reply

    LO MAXIMOOOO ...!!!

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • philliptatum

    What more can you say?

    11 May 2009 Reply
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